South Alabama Closes Out Series Win With 12-2 Decision
March 21, 2004
MOBILE, Ala. - Jeramy Simmons threw his first complete game of the season Sunday as the South Alabama Jaguars defeated the USC Trojans, 12-2, in nonconference action at Stanky Field. Simmons started for the second time in the series after being knocked out of Friday's game in the first inning after taking a Daniel Perales line drive off his right knee. X-rays were negative as Simmons came back today to scatter 11 hits.
Third baseman Justin Hawarah pushed his season-long hitting streak to 14 games with a 2-for-4 performance with three RBI for the Jaguars (9-12). Designated hitter Brad Gordon went 3-for-4 for South Alabama, which used a five-run second inning and a six-run fourth to hold an 11-0 lead before the Trojans scored their lone runs in the fifth.
USC falls to 9-13 on the season and finishes the longest road trip (without returning home) in 30 years with a 4-4 mark that includes a series win last weekend at No. 22 Mississippi State and a two-game split at No. 14 Tulane.
Bret Butler (1-1) took the loss for the Trojans after allowing five runs (four earned) in two innings, allowing six hits with a walk and a strikeout. USC used eight pitchers in the game.
The Trojans return home tomorrow and will open a five-game homestand on Tuesday (March 23) against Loyola Marymount at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
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